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7/15/17

Bellevue Council will shelve a proposal to hire part-time officers to help reduce police department overtime costs, at least for now.

7/15/17

The Northgate School District was one of only 11 districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized at the PA Literacy Conference, where representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education presented Innovation Incentive Awards.

The Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Innovation Incentive Awards program recognizes innovation in literacy among Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers: Keystones to Opportunity sub-grantees. Northgate placed third in the category for increasing literacy outcomes for children from birth to age 5.

7/15/17

Steven Galetich Steve Galetich, 91, of Avalon, formerly of the North Side, died Friday, July 7, 2017. He was the husband of the late Mildred Galetich; father of Sandra Galetich, Patricia “Tish” Barley (Richard) and the late Debora Demos; preceded in death by seven siblings: Pete, George, Frank, John, Kate, Mary and Isabelle; also survived by two grandchildren, nieces, nephews, his cat Rambo and many family members and friends. Mr. Galatich was a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Services and interment will be private.

7/15/17

If Bellevue is looking a little tidier these days, it is not necessarily because people have begun butting their cigarettes in sand pots provided or because they have suddenly become more careful about where to dispose of trash.

Well, maybe they actually have, but it also is because Bellevue has had some extra help lately in keeping the area clean, thanks to a young man, Alex Workinger, who has been stationed around the streets as a summer employee provided by Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

7/15/17

Bellevue's Lincoln Avenue streetscape progress has run into a problem as work heads into the next block of Lincoln Avenue.

7/10/17

The Bellevue Community Herb Garden is open for use by the community.

Everyone is invited to "pinch what you need and use what you pinch".

Some of the plants that are large enough to provide herbs already are tarragon, oregano, parsley, marjoram, lavender, chamomile, and thyme. Sweet, purple, and Thai basil will be ready in a few weeks. Signs are posted to identify the plants and explain how they can be used.

7/10/17

The Ben Avon Area Historical Association (BAAHA) is changing its name to the Avonworth Historical Society, to better reflect the group’s primary areas of interest, which are the five municipalities that make up the Avonworth School District.

The society promotes local history and is a repository of documents and artifacts from the local area.

Currently the society collaborates with the Heinz History Center on an enrichment program for Avonworth eighth graders.

7/10/17

Geraldine B. Hoffman Geraldine B. Hoffman, 88, of Emsworth, died Friday, June 30, 2017. She was the wife of the late Francis P. Hoffman; mother of Donald Hoffman, Karen James (David), Gary Hoffman (Jean), Debbie Whiteford (Douglas) of West Chester, PA, Judy Salem (Pete) and Brian Hoffman; sister of Evelyn Dodd and the late Donald Yokel and Patricia Katterson; grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandsons Michael Hoffman and Anthony Bayne.

7/10/17

Drivers passing by Jack and Tracy Ferguson’s Kilbuck residence have no reason to lurch to a stop to observe gardens of bubbling fountains, mesmerizing night lights, intricate floral arrangements. That’s because there aren’t any.

7/7/17

On May 15, a Spring Avenue resident reported gift card fraud.

A West Riverview resident reported vandalism on May 15. While parked on the street, the rear window of a car was broken out. Also on May 15, a Monroe Avenue resident reported a vehicle window had been broken while parked on the street.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported on May 16 that a male had submitted a fraudulent prescription.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported shoplifting by a juvenile on May 17.

A Watkins Avenue resident reported harassment on May 19.

7/1/17

On June 13, Avalon Police received a report of a hit-and-run accident to a parked vehicle on California. Following a traffic stop on June 13 on Ohio River Boulevard, Thomas F. Coran, 30, of Willow Street and Anthony Scott Touchtone, 29, of Allegheny Avenue were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia among a variety of other charges.

7/1/17

A proposed amendment to the joint zoning code governing Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon would allow urban farmers to add chickens and bees to their back yards.

7/1/17

The Bellevue Police Department made it abundantly clear to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that its officers are opposed to any restructuring plan that would add part-time officers to the roster.

7/1/17

Bellevue Council member Matt Senvisky has resigned his seat, effective July 1.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley announced at Tuesday's regular council meeting that the second ward representative had accepted a new job with a company that did not permit employees to hold public office.

Senvisky's term on council will expire at the end of this year, and he already had chosen not to seek re-election.

7/1/17

Rosemarie Wagner On Sunday, June 25, 2017, Rosemarie (Gatnarek) Wagner, age 89, of Bellevue, wife of the late Stephen Wagner; beloved mother of Glenn (Virginia) Wagner and the late David S. (surviving wife, Marion) Wagner and the late Margaret Wagner; grandmother of Sara Wagner (August Deimel) and Rachel Wagner-Killen (Ryan Killen); great grandmother of Leah and Breanna Killen; sister of late Emma Stewart, Charles, John, George and William Gatnarek.

7/1/17

On May 31, a resident of Ricker Court in Ben Avon filed an ordinance complaint for loud noise in the area.

A customer shopping at a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township on June 1, reported the theft of a phone.

On June 2, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A resident of Superior Avenue in Emsworth reported a suspicious circumstance on June 2. On June 3, a resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct.

On June 5, a resident of Brighton Road in Ben Avon filed a harassment report.

6/26/17

Avalon Council has hired two contractors to complete a number of paving and capital improvement projects this summer.

At council's June 20 meeting, Michael Facchiano Contracting was approved for work totaling $247,489, and Shields Asphalt Paving for work totaling $69,828.90. Both were the low bidders on different parts of the specifications advertised by the borough.

6/26/17

On June 1, Avalon Police responded to a two vehicle accident in a parking lot of an Ohio River Boulevard business. There were no injuries.

On June 1, Avalon Police assisted Allegheny County Police and the FBI with an interview.

A victim of assault was treated by EMS personnel on Cleveland Avenue on June 1.

A resident of South Home Avenue reported fraud, a computer scan, on June 3.

Harassment on South Birmingham Avenue was reported on June 3.

6/26/17

Residents of both Clive Street and McKinley Terrace in Avalon asked Avalon Council for help at Tuesday's council meeting, citing poorly maintained properties on both streets.

Residents reported overgrown vegetation, garbage and pests such as insects and raccoons. It was reported that one resident of Clive Street is actually shooting, skinning and eating squirrels from his yard.

6/26/17

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to award a contract for road work in the borough to Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc.

Of the five bids the borough received, the company's came in the lowest at $97,899.28. Public Works foreman Dale Regrut said the engineer had estimated a cost of $97,600.

Repairs will be made to portions of Perrysville Ave., Western Ave., and Juniper Way, but the date the work will begin is not yet known.

6/26/17

Eicher Road in Emsworth will soon be improved, with Emsworth Borough “piggy-backing” on a contract already awarded by Kilbuck Township.

Kilbuck Township has negotiated with a company to have a PennDOT-approved process conducted on the township’s portion of Eicher Road. A motion was made at the June Emsworth Council meeting to have the Emsworth section of Eicher similarly-improved at the same time.

6/26/17

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve the district's final 2017-18 budget in the amount of $22,625,626.

The property tax millage rate will remain the same at 24.7867 mills.

6/26/17

Northgaste School District superintendent Caroline Johns told school board members at their June 19 meeting the administrators would like to change the initial contact the district has with incoming kindergarten students and their parents.

Administrators want the first contact to be “warm and friendly,” Johns said, which was accomplished last year with a spaghetti dinner held for students, parents and teachers and administrators. Children were much more comfortable in this type of setting, Johns said.

6/26/17

An Emsworth resident asked Emsworth Council at its regular meeting what was being done about bands of kids that hang out by the borough building after hours. According to some reports, the loiterers, often referred to as the “Emsworth Posse,” are being rude and making disrespectful comments to nearby homeowners or passers-by. “The situation is getting out of hand,” she complained.